Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,260 2.7 % $22.27 $46,330 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.92 $15.86 $19.91 $27.69 $36.14
Annual Wage (2) $26,880 $32,980 $41,400 $57,600 $75,160


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,020 19.85 $22.09 $45,950
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,260 4.47 $23.45 $48,780
Waste Collection 1,740 1.01 $18.73 $38,970
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,150 0.17 $21.49 $44,690
Employment Services 1,140 0.03 $16.87 $35,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,020 19.85 $22.09 $45,950
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,260 4.47 $23.45 $48,780
Waste Collection 1,740 1.01 $18.73 $38,970
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,150 0.17 $21.49 $44,690
Residential Building Construction 1,040 0.14 $26.55 $55,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 30 0.01 $35.35 $73,520
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 80 0.02 $31.05 $64,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $30.37 $63,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 530 0.03 $30.12 $62,640
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 50 0.02 $27.77 $57,760


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,790 0.35 1.14 $22.72 $47,260
New York 4,770 0.52 1.71 $30.46 $63,350
Texas 4,130 0.35 1.14 $18.27 $37,990
Ohio 2,140 0.40 1.31 $22.25 $46,290
Florida 1,630 0.19 0.64 $17.26 $35,900




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 370 1.15 3.81 $29.62 $61,600
Idaho 750 1.10 3.62 $29.68 $61,730
Hawaii 480 0.76 2.51 $22.25 $46,270
New Mexico 540 0.67 2.20 $27.94 $58,120
Rhode Island 310 0.64 2.12 $22.33 $46,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,770 0.52 1.71 $30.46 $63,350
Washington 1,430 0.45 1.48 $29.88 $62,150
Idaho 750 1.10 3.62 $29.68 $61,730
Alaska 370 1.15 3.81 $29.62 $61,600
New Mexico 540 0.67 2.20 $27.94 $58,120



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,680 0.55 1.81 $32.06 $66,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.30 0.99 $22.18 $46,140
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 1.13 3.72 $21.30 $44,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 980 0.33 1.10 $18.45 $38,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 900 0.36 1.19 $19.14 $39,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 890 0.62 2.04 $20.24 $42,090
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 650 0.55 1.81 $13.09 $27,220
Kennewick-Richland, WA 630 5.62 18.51 $34.44 $71,630
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 550 0.47 1.55 $20.14 $41,900
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 530 0.14 0.48 $26.14 $54,380


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 630 5.62 18.51 $34.44 $71,630
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 400 4.85 15.97 $23.34 $48,550
Amarillo, TX 190 1.67 5.49 $30.62 $63,690
Longview, TX 130 1.40 4.62 $16.71 $34,750
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 70 1.34 4.40 $16.69 $34,720
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 1.31 4.32 $24.29 $50,530
Baton Rouge, LA 450 1.15 3.80 $18.23 $37,920
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 1.13 3.72 $21.30 $44,310
Anchorage, AK 180 1.02 3.35 $26.09 $54,260
Urban Honolulu, HI 460 0.99 3.27 $22.00 $45,750


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utica-Rome, NY 100 0.79 2.62 $37.49 $77,980
Knoxville, TN 260 0.69 2.29 $35.57 $73,990
Kennewick-Richland, WA 630 5.62 18.51 $34.44 $71,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,680 0.55 1.81 $32.06 $66,680
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 490 0.38 1.24 $30.82 $64,100
Amarillo, TX 190 1.67 5.49 $30.62 $63,690
Albuquerque, NM 100 0.26 0.84 $28.79 $59,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.27 0.91 $28.50 $59,280
Flint, MI 30 0.25 0.81 $27.11 $56,400
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.54 $55,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 560 3.57 11.78 $30.43 $63,290
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.63 2.09 $21.16 $44,010
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.59 8.54 $33.23 $69,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 1.22 $17.16 $35,680
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 2.34 $16.84 $35,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 560 3.57 11.78 $30.43 $63,290
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.59 8.54 $33.23 $69,110
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 2.34 $16.84 $35,020
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.63 2.09 $21.16 $44,010
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.30 $20.81 $43,280

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.59 8.54 $33.23 $69,110
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.26 $65,020
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 560 3.57 11.78 $30.43 $63,290
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.48 $55,090
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.19 $54,480


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018